"It's about 24 hours after the surgery and I am able to see a spider web for the first time in years" - Johan Mulder
Myth: Not everyone gets cataracts. Fact: If we are blessed to live long enough, we will all get cataracts. A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens. The first symptom of the aging of our eyes that will ultimately lead to cataract formation is the need for reading glasses in our 40’s.
Myth#3: Cataract surgery is painful. Fact: Most patients claim that cataract surgery is pain-free. The procedure is rendered pain free, as medication is used to maximise your comfort throughout cataract surgery. Both numbing eye drops and a sedative is often used. Even though you are not under general anaesthesia like with other surgical procedures, you are most likely not even going to remember much of your cataract surgery. As your medications wear off after the procedure, you might feel some minor eye discomfort. This can be managed with mild pain medication and eye drops that will be prescribed after surgery.
Myth: You cannot fly after cataract surgery. Fact: You can fly the day after cataract surgery
Myth #1: You have to wear glasses permanently after cataract surgery Fact: Spectacle independence after cataract surgery is possible As with many technologies, like cell phones, technical advances in cataract surgery and implantable lens technology have been rapid. Due to Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (RELACS) and multifocal lenses, the optical results after modern cataract surgery have dramatically improved. Based on the scientific literature 90% of individuals who had multifocal lens implants do not require spectacles either for distance, intermediate or near vision. You will however still need them for certain tasks like prolonged reading.
The natural lens inside your eye is clear and flexible when you are born. Light should pass through the lens without scatter, glare, faded colour or blurry vision. It’s flexibility also allows it to change shape to focus on near, intermediate and far objects. The lens slowly looses its clarity and flexibility.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most highly perfected surgical procedures in medicine, with a more than 98% success rate. Most problems can be treated successfully.
When your ophthalmologist discusses lens options with you, he/ she will take your lifestyle and anatomy of your eyes into account to choose the best option for you.